TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Kemp Powers

Season 04 | Episode 12

Kemp Powers

Writer / Director

Oscar nominated screenwriter of One Night in Miami… and the writer/co-director of Pixar’s Soul, Kemp Powers discusses some of his favorite movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Innerspace (1987)
The Goonies (1985)
Animal House (1978)
Soul (2020)
One Night In Miami… (2020)
Munich (2005)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
Gremlins (1984)
About Schmidt (2002)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Little Women (2019)
Cornbread, Earl And Me (1975)
The Education Of Sonny Carson (1974)
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
Point Break (1991)
Point Break (2015)
Ghost (1990)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Road House (1989)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
The Outsiders (1983)
Die Hard (1988)
Up (2009)
Monsters Inc. (2001)
Inside Out (2015)
WALL-E (2008)
Ratatouille (2007)
Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)
Mad Max (1979)
The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Happy Feet (2006)
Babe (1995)
Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Tombstone (1993)
Invictus (2009)
Jersey Boys (2014)
Gran Torino (2008)
The Mule (2018)
Bird (1988)
The Beguiled (1971)
Richard Jewell (2019)
Pink Cadillac (1989)
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Tightrope (1984)
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Making The Five Heartbeats (2018)
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Dreamgirls (2006)
New Jack City (1991)
Get Out (2017)
The Fast And The Furious (2001)

Other Notable Items

Sam Cooke
Steven Spielberg
The Academy Awards
The Rose Bowl
Muhammad Ali
Jim Brown
Muhammad Ali
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story limited series (2016)
Making Movies memoir by Sidney Lumet
University of Michigan — Ann Arbor
Alexander Payne
Greta Gerwig
Quentin Tarantino
Stephen King
Laurence Fishburne
Jamaal Wilkes 
The 1984 New York City subway shooting
Josh’s audio drama series Bronzeville, the second season of which is out right now!
Robert “Sonny” Carson
Richard Pryor
Martin Short
Dennis Quaid
Robert Picardo
Kathryn Bigelow
Keanu Reeves
Patrick Swayze
Moonlighting TV series (1985-1989)
Gary Busey
Lori Petty
Anthony Kiedis
Sam Elliott
Pete Docter 
Pixar 
Bob Peterson
Disney+
Brad Bird
Hayao Miyazaki
Martin Scorsese
Stanley Kubrick
Ronnie del Carmen
Spencer Tracy
George Miller
Gene Hackman
Sam Shepard
Frank James
Kurt Russell
Val Kilmer
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre 
Clint Eastwood
Matt Damon
Morgan Freeman
Michael Bay
Robert Townsend
The Temptations
The Four Tops
Berry Gordy
Diana Ross
The Fast And The Furious franchise
Mission: Impossible franchise
Tom Cruise

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.